TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.9 – Closure | FanboysInc

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.9 – Closure

By Jeff Ayers

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.9 - Closure

There is no other way around this, so I will just say SPOILERS AHEAD. There is just too much craziness that happened in this episode, and again, I urge you to watch this season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because it has been quite the roller coaster ride. So here we go.

The episode opened with probably the biggest halt in the pace of the show this season. After the events of the last few episodes, the team have all been on high alert, with the threat of the crazy Inhuman, Lash ( whom we now know is May’s ex-husband Andrew) as well as the threat of a new Hydra, led by Ward. So to see a scene where Coulson and Rosalind, the head of the ATCU, sharing burgers and trying to have some levity, it was a little jarring. The entire sequence just made me feel like something was off in the show, because I have been trained to expect high stakes and intense action. Well, I didn’t have to wait for long, because a sniper bullet hits Rosalind in the throat, and she dies in Coulson’s arms.

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.9 - Closure

Now, there are some other major revelations in this episode, but this whole scene, and leading into the next few sequences, are probably the most thrilling. First of all, I can’t be the only one to make this correlation, but I truly got a strong Buffy The Vampire Slayer vibe from this whole thing. For those not “in the know” of that television program, the father figure (Giles) of that show is given a love interest, to which they skirt around the relationship for a few episodes, and just when it seems like they are going to be “happily ever after”, she is killed abruptly and it haunts the father figure for most of the series. This is exactly what S.H.I.E.L.D. did with Coulson/Rosalind, and I can’t say I was surprised. Yet, I was totally surprised at the way they did it, namely Ward taking the long range shot. Not only killing the woman that Coulson has fallen for, but then contacting him to taunt him, asking him if he now knows how it feels. Sadistic and crazy, Ward has truly become the “big bad” this show deserves.

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The next sequence is Coulson getting out of there in a hurry because Ward has sent a bunch of thugs to dispose of him. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the Little Sleeper Show That Could, because when you see action like this on a television show, even one on ABC, you have to applaud the cinematography and stunt choreography. Seriously, watch this episode again for that fight scene, it is really epic and amazing. This whole first act ends with a bloodied Coulson returning to base, to a bewildered and concerned team, and he promptly goes up to his office to trash the place in anger. Very powerful, and incredibly cool to start the show.

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.9 - Closure

The rest of this episode is full of holes though, however thanks to some shoddy fast-tracking in the plot department, we at least get a few good reveals. Coulson is now hell bent on tracking down Ward and ending this once and for all, and his judgement might be slightly clouded. He takes flight with Hunter and Bobbi to enact a secret mission, leaving Mack in charge. Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons accompany the remains of Rosalind’s team to try and figure out some leads on what Malick has been doing. By the way, we now know that Malick has been influencing the ATCU – and it seems NASA as well – for a long time, so Hail Hydra, I guess. The best part of Mack taking over as acting director is seeing him make some tough calls, including finally allowing Lincoln and Joey to join the field team. We finally have a true Secret Warriors team, with three InHumans with powers, which will hopefully be used more often in the future, as we saw little to none of that in this episode.

Some fast-paced plots happen next, as Fitz and Simmons are kidnapped by Ward and his own crazy InHuman, and Coulson, Bobbi and Hunter track down Ward’s brother to use him against Ward. This all works in the episode, but just barely, because a lot of these sequences bring up more questions than answers. Like, where is Hydra’s base of operations now? How have they set up so much tech and facilities in such a short amount of time? How come Fitz and Simmons are in such danger, when they had multiple opportunities to escape? How long has Coulson known about Ward’s younger brother? Is Ward’s brother actually in on everything as well? Why do they just let him after walk away taunting Ward? The questions go on and on. The episode ends on a cliffhanger, with Ward leading the team to the alien planet to retrieve the InHuman who is supposed to be the head of Hydra, with Fitz in tow because he bartered his life for Simmons. (Aww). Yet, in the most hilarious and not so awesome maneuver, Coulson jumps out of a plane above the closing portal to the alien world to fly right into it as it shuts, spitting him out on the planet at break neck speeds, a phrase which he almost takes literally, as he tumbles down a mountain and knocks himself out. Really unfortunate, a comical action sequence to end an otherwise edge of your seat episode.

FBI Score: 8 out of 10. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been really ramping up the action and suspense, and this episode is no different. The opening action sequence is superb, but the show starts to falter a little by the end. Still, it proves that a true spy/superhero hybrid show can work, and be an incredibly exciting ride in the process.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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